Reporters who arrived in the mid-afternoon during the cease-fire, arranged by the Red Crescent humanitarian organization, witnessed chaotic scenes of ambulance drivers struggling to fill their bays with the wounded.
In 10 minutes, on one street, seven stretchers were carried out of the rubble. Some of the injured looked near death.
After a few hundred yards, Shijaiyah’s main boulevard became impassable for vehicles because of shredded trees and downed power lines. House after house showed signs of heavy damage and raging fires from sustained shelling by tanks and artillery.
Palestinians react to their destroyed homes.
Civilians run from eastern Shijaiyah.
Two Palestinian girls run past a disabled ambulance.
Two men flee their homes during a brief cease-fire.
Ambulance drivers reported "great difficulty" entering the town.
(Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press)
Residents react to the intense firing.
A Palestinian woman cries as she flees her neighborhood.